Ron Paul: The “Ex-PATRIOT” Act – America’s Berlin Wall for Tax Refugees

by Ron Paul

The characteristic mark of a tyrannical regime is that it eventually finds it necessary to erect walls to keep people from leaving. This is why we should be troubled by the “Ex-PATRIOT Act,” an egregiously offensive bill recently introduced in the Senate. Following a long line of recent legislation and regulations attempting to expropriate more and more wealth from hard-working Americans, this new bill spits in the face of overburdened taxpayers and tramples on the Constitution.

Current law already dictates that Americans with a net worth of over $2 million who expatriate must be assumed to have sold all their assets and must pay a corresponding punitive exit tax on those assumed sales. The Ex-PATRIOT Act goes even further than current law by assessing a 30% capital gains tax on all future earnings of expatriates. Not content just with this additional tax, the bill also grants the IRS the sole authority to determine whether individuals have expatriated for tax purposes and allows the IRS to bar those individuals from ever re-entering the United States. Finally, the bill blatantly violates the ex post facto provisions of the U.S. Constitution by extending all of these provisions to anyone who has given up their U.S. citizenship within the past decade.

This bill, and other similar legislation, casts a chilling effect on saving, investment, and entrepreneurial activity. The bill was introduced in response to news reports about one of the founders of Facebook who might save millions of dollars of taxes by renouncing his U.S. citizenship. But in their blind envy towards successful entrepreneurs, the bill’s sponsors ignore the fact that they will ensnare many ordinary middle-class Americans who work hard, save and invest wisely, and benefit from rising home values. These Americans may easily find themselves pushing past the $2 million mark by the time they retire, especially as inflation continues to seriously accelerate. If they wish to escape the Federal Reserve’s inflation by emigrating to lower-cost countries so their dollars will go farther, as many Baby Boomers are starting to do, the federal government will penalize them, and continue to penalize them for the rest of their lives as long as they hold any money in the United States.

Unfortunately, the mere consideration of such legislation, even before it has passed, has made American banking customers a potential future headache for banks around the world. They don’t want to deal with the IRS any more than Americans do, and if American account holders become a Trojan horse for the IRS to insinuate themselves into their affairs, there may be more cost than benefit to extending banking services to Americans.

We live under a federal government that has eviscerated our Fourth Amendment rights, that can detain U.S. citizens indefinitely based solely on the President’s word, that assaults toddlers and grandmothers at airports in the name of security, and regulates virtually every aspect of our economic lives. No wonder increasing numbers of Americans feel this government is engaged in outright warfare against its own citizens. Every day the noose grows tighter, yet anyone who sees the writing on the wall and seeks to leave must pay exorbitant taxes just for the privilege of leaving, and increasingly the possibility looms of never fully breaking away from the government’s tentacles no matter where they go. Ultimately, the Ex-PATRIOT Act proposes to control people by controlling their capital, and it has no place in a free society.


  • French Canadian


    Drones Shot Down Over Texas

    “Following columnist Charles Krauthammer’s observation that the first person to shoot down a surveillance drone on U.S. soil will be a “folk hero,” gun enthusiasts in Texas have done precisely that as a protest against the use of spy drones on the American people.”

  • and I am from Austria and heard also from the news that Mitt Romney is the official republican nominee for president 2 hours ago.


  • They have been lying to us like that since the start of the race. They go based off of the fact that most people do not question where they get their news from. It’s sad really, most people listen to this, and go with it, and do not try to think for themselves. Very, very sad.

  • Funny story, I am from Finland and 10 minutes ago i heard from the radio that Mitt Romney is confirmed winner of the nomination and will go and challenge Obama. Those American Journalists have failed.

  • Ron Paul has been speaking on these issues before Obama or Bush even thought of running for presidents. He saved my life by introducing me to industrial hemp. NOT marijuana and giving me hope for the future. I support Dr. Paul. He is not SUPPOSEDLY speaking these things. He is going to do what he says. He has no choice. What he says is why people even trust him. Because he speaks the truth. You actually listen to this video and think this man will turn his back in the end. Get real.

  • robin

    Now is a chance to rate the MSM journalists. Ben Swann just posted this.

    Share with everyone you know and let’s send a message why we appreciate Ben Swann’s integrity as a journalist. Also, here’s your opportunity to rate and give your opinions on the rest of media networks.

  • Herr Hauptmann

    A couple buds of mine got the S*it kicked out of them by some p*ssy Marines in Chicago for protesting NATO.

    These guys weigh around like 125 lbs, maybe not but you get the point here, they look like kids. One just turned 21 and his brother is 19. Neither do drugs and I know neither were drunk.

    These guys don’t start sh*t with anyone, and these “Marines” beat the living sh*t out of them. Nobody knows who these guys are either. I really wish I was there, maybe these “Marines” should fight someone who isn’t afraid to fight and or someone who WILL bring an equalizer.

    Too bad we don’t have conceal and carry here and stand your ground laws, of course even if I was in the right, these “Marines” would have gotten some revenge over me for self defense in the long run, or maybe they would have thought twice before acting like Thuggish Un-American Gangbangers (Terrorists) over their stupid selfish ideology.

    Well, from what I’ve seen you got your grown ups who can think for themselves and do their duty, your blind “schizo” patriots, your lazy people who drink too much and use Military service as an excuse for everything, even though they only served for the money and because “they were lazy” or stupid at home, or you have your guys who treat it like a freaking gang and bully civies when they see them on the street.

    Military has gone down the s*itter. Everything moral and with pride or dignity has. All manners gone, the times of gentleman and ladies are over.

    There are kids saying that war is bad and this one WILL be unjust but they can’t wait to join if one starts because they just LOVE Call of Duty and Battlefield….. Right… brainless lemmings…

    Back on topic:

    I heard there were a few instances of Military personnel acting out of line there, funny that Military personnel were also there protesting, and some were part of the Police force there too. sigh…

    F*cking m*r*ns. When our vets and soldiers are fighting each other you know somethings wrong in this country. Especially when Soldiers are attacking innocent protestors for defending their rights, the rights that (these idiots) are supposed to be defending. I guess to some (Killing Iran) (a country that has attacked nobody for 200 years) and or the ELITE are more important though.

    Yeah, more important than Liberty and Solidarity and OUR OWN F*CKING PEOPLE.


  • I did listen to what he to say hes supposedly anti war and against big government. KEY WORD: supposely. Just like obama promised to end all wars and pull troops back from the middle east during the 08 election but ended up braking his promises and starting an illegal war on libya.

  • Lets hope

  • No sir you are a troll. The fact you say Dr. Paul does not want to change anything shows you do not even truly listen to what he says.

  • Checks and Balances? Didn’t Bush get rid of that? LOL

  • We have your back Ron Paul. They can try to “legalize” tyranny all they want, but we, the people and citizens of the United States of America do not recognize their “laws as being legitamate nor do we acknowledge their positions of ‘Power’ as being legitamate. When the elections come and go and the treasonous conspirators try to claim Obama or Romney as the President, We will rush out into the streets with one clear message…”PRESIDENT PAUL! PRESIDENT PAUL! PRESIDENT PAUL!”


    USA is becoming Socialist, not Fascist. Fascism was wiped out by the Socialists and Capitalists = Eventually Unrestrained Capitalists = Eventually Globalist Corporatists = Soon to be Socialists.

    There IS a difference between Socialism and Fascism. Have a read on these writings.

    Please Read:

    I don’t believe it’s mere coincidence Socialism has killed 60 Million in USSR, 20 Million under Mao alone in China, god knows how many in N.Korea, Pol Pot . . . Socialism is a disease and is not freedom. So, if you support Liberty and support Socialism you “Epic Fail”.

    Cultural Marxists/Globalists and Socialists like Antifa and ARA are the thugs who are virtually unpunished for their own agenda, hatred and more importantly (Violence). It’s not just by mere chance that so many of our youth are calling themselves “Socialists” these days, it’s popular among fringe hippy/liberal/and drug cultures, homosexuals, and welfare recipients. Anyone who can enforce their agenda through law, and can gain money from the state for their unique “struggle”.

    The weakest minds are the easiest to control.

    Socialism, likes to pander to the angry, disconnected and especially to minorities. It likes to say it can make everything better and that we are all the same. Yes, under SOCIALISM we are all the same, SLAVES. Socialism can appear to the mislead to be a sheep, when it really is a wolf.

    There is no question in my mind that Socialism HAS always wanted to take over the world. It’s done a damn good job of that in the past century, regardless of the USSR’s existence. I do believe Russia could change that with a drop of a hat.

    • BIOSYN

      Also, I do not condone Fascism, but I am trying to show you that we aren’t in danger of Fascism, we are however in danger from Socialism here in the USA.

  • Surfisher

    Mitt Romney Resigns!

    “Mitt Romney announced today (place date) he will no longer seek the Republican nomination. Instead, he pledged his full support to Dr. Ron Paul, who he trusts implicitly to be the only viable candidate to defeat Barrack Obama,” said a Romney spokesperson.

    Mr. Romney’s spokesperson continued saying, ” Mr. Romney is making the ultimate sacrifice, for the good of the Nation, so wants to be remembered as the one that helped America be rid of Obama…as such Mr. Romney is a true patriot…”.

    Questioned as to the real reasons Mitt Romney quit — the spokesperson said, “He only wants to be remembered as the Patriot that Saved America… that is his only reason”….and “…none of the below were a factor in his decision”…as claimed:

    “That so many videos have been taped showing fraud on his behalf that TV mini-series could be made running for weeks,
    Or, that he can’t get 100 people to attend his meetings, while Ron Paul gathers in the several thousands,
    Or, that he has broken rule #11 in collusion with the GOP, so he is about to be removed from many states ballots,
    Or, that his shadowy party in Nevada, is further grounds for his removal as a GOP candidate,
    Or, that he cannot garner enough delegates with all the cheating done on his behalf so far,
    Or, that All National Delegates are NOT bound according to rule #38, and US election law, in Tampa,
    Or, that his eventual loss to Ron Paul in Tampa will make him a national joke,
    Or, that even if manages to CHEAT his way out of Tampa, his guaranteed loss to Obama will make him an even Bigger Joke…”.

    No, none of these are factors, according to Mitt Romney’s spokesperson — “Mr. Romney quit the race today because he is a Patriot!”

    And I agree, Mitt did the right thing — and we shall build monuments and name schools after him!

    Pass it on! Hopefully someone with brains in Mitt’s camp will see this syllogism and force it upon him (for his own good)!

  • This man is a genius!

  • Im not a troll man. im a human being.

  • the president is a figurehead. how come obama bailout the banks and continues wars that “we the people” are against??? How come obama renews the patriot act that “we the people” are against???.

  • Im not a troll im a human being.

  • LOL at all the stupid Obama and Romney trolls. They have to come to Ron Paul videos to argue because Obama and Romney have the comments turned off on their videos. XD